Who is eligible?

  • Students must be enrolled in a 4-year degree program at the MSUB university campus or enrolled in a 2+2 program at City College and MSUB.
  • Students must also be a U.S. Citizen or be eligible for Federal Financial Aid.
  • Students must meet at least one of the following three criteria:
    • Low income - you qualify under federal financial guidelines on taxable earnings (similar to Pell Grant eligibility)
    • First-generation college students (meaning that neither parent has a 4-year bachelor's degree)   
    • Documented disability as identified by the ADA (physical, learning, mental, emotional)
  • Students must show the ability to benefit from SSS/TRIO services

What is the SSS/TRIO Application Process?

  • Students must fill out an application. Any student who qualifies for the program may be accepted into SSS/TRIO, regardless of age or year in school.
  • Students must also provide a copy of their taxes (if over 24 years of age) or a copy of their parent(s) or guardian(s) SIGNED previous year Federal Taxes (Form 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ).
  • Once a completed application with tax information is received and program eligibility is determined, the student will be contacted to schedule an intake interview.
  • Students with disabilities must bring documentation of disability at the time of the interview.
  • All students must bring their U-card.
  • After the interview, students will be notified about their acceptance status into the program. If accepted, the student will be assigned a mentor and can begin using any of the SSS/TRIO services

What are Program Participation Expectations?

  • Students must meet with their mentor at least three times
  • Attend one workshop per semester
  • Attend all classes
  • Take ownership of individual academic success and individual growth
  • Take responsibility to make satisfactory academic progress (SAP) and to seek help early from SSS/TRIO and/or other departments on campus
  • Be proactive rather than reactive with individual learning
  • Understand that potential and intelligence are not fixed; through hard work, diligent effort, and the successful application of strategies, program participants have the potential for success
  • Understand that participation in SSS/TRIO is voluntary and if students do not participate in the program, they will relinquish their spot to allow for support to be provided to another student
  • Understand that the use of SSS/TRIO equipment and resources limits their availability to other participants and will use these resources appropriately
  • Respect the time and availability of SSS/TRIO staff by scheduling and keeping appointments. Participants will call at least one hour in advance if they need to cancel an appointment.
  • Understand that SSS/TRIO is not responsible for personal items left in any of the SSS/TRIO offices/rooms
  • Understand that SSS/TRIO has limited resources and abuse of those resources will not be tolerated
  • Students who do not meet program participation expectations will be exited from the program.